USA Rice Millers' Association

Representing the U.S. Rice Milling Industry Since 1899

Founded in 1899, the USA Rice Millers' Association (RMA) is one of the oldest agribusiness trade organizations in America.  RMA membership encompasses virtually all of U.S. rice milling capacity, including farmer-owned cooperatives and privately owned mills, with mill members in Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas.  Associate members located in the U.S. and around the world,  include end users, exporters, shippers, and other businesses allied with the rice trade.

RMA membership supports government affairs work as well as international market access and trade policy work.
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There are currently 29 mill members and 35 associate members including traders, exporters, brokers, end users, and allied businesses. 

Board of Directors

•  Each mill member names one director to the board.  
•  The RMA holds its annual convention in June.  RMA Board meetings are held in conjunction with USA Rice Federation annual meetings.

Meet the Chairman

Balafoutis, Alex

Alex Balafoutis

Alex Balafoutis, vice president of sales for the Rice Business Unit at PGP International, a company specializing in extruded products located in Woodland, California, was elected chairman of the USA Rice Millers’ Association at their annual meeting last June.  Alex has been involved with the rice industry for more than thirty years and during that time has served on numerous USA Rice committees and boards including the International Promotion Committee, the Sustainability Committee, the Trade Policy Committee, and the Japan and Taiwan technical working groups among others. 

Recent News

2018 Top Food Trends Serve Up Opportunity for Increased U.S. Rice Consumption

Jan 05, 2018
Raise 'em high for rice
 Overhead shot of laden dinner table with manyh hands toasting full glasses of white wine
ARLINGTON, VA -- 2018 has the potential to be a strong year for rice consumption based on this year’s predicted hottest food trends and concepts.  Last month, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) released its Top 20 Food Trends & Top 10 Concept Trends for 2018, and many of the lists’ items utilize, or have the ability to utilize, U.S.-grown rice.  This year’s trends were guided by NRA’s annual survey of 700 professional chefs from the American Culinary Federation.

“Local, vegetable-forward, and ethnic-inspired menu items will reign supreme in the upcoming year,” said Hudson Riehle, NRA senior vice president of research.  “Guests are implementing these trends in their own lifestyles and want to see them reflected on restaurant menus.  In response, chefs are creating more items in-house and turning to global flavors.”  

Of the Top 20 Food Trends list, USA Rice pinpointed these trends as areas to increase U.S. rice consumption:  ethnic-inspired breakfast items, healthful kid’s meals, authentic ethnic cuisine, Peruvian cuisine, ethnic-inspired lids’ dishes, and ancient grains.  

At least half of this year’s Top 10 Concept Trends have the potential to positively benefit the U.S. rice industry, namely chef-driven fast casual concepts, natural ingredients/clean menus, environmental sustainability, local sourcing, and simplicity/back to the basics.

“This year’s top food and concept trends have ‘U.S. rice industry’ written all over them,” said Michael Klein, USA Rice vice president of domestic promotion.  “The items highlighted, such as Japanese-style breakfast that always include rice, or the rise in popularity of Peruvian cuisine that frequently features rice all provide great opportunities to see rice plated at more restaurants and incorporated in less conventional or new ways, and we will be there to help consumers find their way.”